The term “bespoke” is used rather loosely now. As used by luxury manufacturers, it generally signifies a non-common trim, material or color to meet the tastes of well-heeled customers that simply can’t have the same vehicle as their one-percent neighbors. But even “bespoke” models typically don’t have radical styling or sheetmetal changes. But the term certainly applies in the one-off Ferrari SP12 EC, built for legendary British rock guitarist Eric Clapton.
Ferrari has taken the bespoke concept to a new level with the Ferrari SP12 EC, a model based on the 458 Italia incorporating some styling details of the 512 BB model, of which Clapton has owned three. The legendary guitarist’s wish was for a modern model with styling influences from the classic model. Although not powered by a boxer 12-cylinder like the original 512 BB, the SP12 EC’s front grille and dark lower body painting give it a striking resemblance to the 512, the predecessor to the over-the-top Ferrari Testarossa model of the 1980s.
The car’s styling was a collaboration between Ferrari, Pininfarina, and Ferrari’s One-Off bespoke program. More details about Clapton’s involvement in the creative process for the car can be read in the latest issue of the Ferrari Official Magazine.